Graduate Certificate in Translational Research - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017, 2016 and 2015

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Dr Steven Petratos

Contact details

Central Clinical School: telephone +61 3 9902 0191; email or visit

Admission and fees


Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

0.5 years FT, 1 year PT

You have a minimum of 0.5 years and a maximum of 3 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)

Multi-modal (Clayton)

You are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus/on-site blocks of study days.


Graduate Certificate in Translational Research


This course provides an understanding of the processes involved in developing a basic science finding through to clinical trials. The course modules offer the basic foundations of discipline-specific laboratory research questions and how these can be applied to broader clinical applications. The main focus is for you to establish an appreciation that fundamental scientific questions may have multidisciplinary clinical answers. Other core learning outcomes are through understanding how scientific concepts can be marketed and communicated effectively through research pipeline procedures and the responsibilities of the researcher that may be derived from this.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of the course graduates should be able to:

  • define general ethical frameworks, along with specific ethical principles underpinned by those frameworks, in the context of current developments in biotechnology, clinical practice, and the ethical oversight of research on humans
  • apply basic working principles of biostatistical methods in health and medical research
  • outline the principles of good clinical practice (GCP), how to conduct a clinical trial, how drugs are developed and how to manage regulatory documents
  • outline the processes involved in developing a basic science finding through to clinical studies.


Assessment includes written assignments, practical exercises and examinations.


This course consists of four core units.


Students must complete:

  • APG5210 Bioethics theory and practice
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • TRM4001 Introduction to clinical trials
  • TRM4002 Translational research

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Translational Research may be eligible for admission to a master's program in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences subject to satisfying the appropriate entry requirements.